April 20, 1935 – June 21, 2019
Kathleen Pflaum Rose was born on April 20, 1935 in Alliance, Nebraska, and died on June 21, 2019. she was the daughter of William Frederick Pflaum and Katherine Francis Hoban; granddaughter of Joseph Pflaum and Catherine A. Bolan; and John Aloysius Hoban and Theresa Rock.
Kathleen was the oldest of four sisters: Cecelia Anne Pflaum Pitts, who predeceased her in 2007; Mary Clare Pflaum Deveny, (Denny), who resides in Oregon; and Regina Pflaum Allen (Ralph), who resides in Delaware.
She is survived by her son, Damon Rose, his wife, Isabel, and grandson Eric Rose. They reside in New Jersey. She is also survived by grandson John Edward Pitts, son of William Rose, who predeceased her in the Spring of 2009.
In the Summer of 1959, Kathleen married Keith rose, who was also from North Platte, Nebraska. The lived in Santa Monica, California, North Platte and Omaha, Nebraska for a few years, and then moved to Houston, Texas in 1969 where they made their home until her death. Keith predeceased Kathleen in the Summer of 2012.
Kathleen was always an avid reader and a lover of books, sometimes hiding I the loft of the barn in the family farm to finish a favorite book. This love of learning was on display when she graduated from St. Patrick's High School North Platte, Nebraska in May of 1953 with a full scholarship to Ursuline College, and a host of other awards causing her parents and younger sisters to swell with pride. At Ursuline College in Louisville, Kentucky, she majored in Medical Technology and Biochemistry, and graduated with a B.S. degree in 1957. She immediately enrolled in the internship program at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California and completed that in July, 1958.
After Completing her internship at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California, She remained there as a medical technologist until her return to Nebraska, where she worked at Community Hospital in Ogallala, and later at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. When they moved to Texas, she worked at Southmore Hospital in Pasadena, Texas, and ended her career at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas.
As a medical technologist, Kathleen was known to be professionally thorough and accurate to a fault to a fault with an outstanding work ethic. On many occasions a physician with concerns about a laboratory result coming from another institution would send a blood sample specifically to her in the biochemistry laboratory in which she was working, and ask her to repeat the tests in order to obtain accurate results to verify a diagnosis.
For many years Kathleen was an active member of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Houston, Texas, and during the years that her husband, Keith, was the coach of Mt. Carmel's High School Football and Basketball Teams, she was an enthusiastic booster of his winning teams. She was also a leader of "New Generations Senors" at Mt. Carmel.
Kathleen's patience was endless, and her willingness to make even the pets in the house know that they were loved would often lead her to arrive home from work, and take the current pet for a ride around the block in her car in order to give them a special treat.
As a big sister, Kathleen learned early on that she was responsible for her little sisters, when she was held accountable one of the them failed to heed her instructions and fell down crossing the railroad tracks. But she also learned that four girls must be loyal to one another, and to protect and defend one another. She did that faithfully until her illness took that ability away from her.
Kathleen was the person who would give away her last meal and go hungry so that someone else could eat. She believed in the power of helping others. She will be missed by many
- Memorial Service Thursday, June 27, 2019